Five months after announcing his intentions to direct, 20th Century Fox has come onboard “X-Men” director Bryan Singer’s upcoming new adaptation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.
The 1870 novel is in the public domain and has been adapted several times including the Disney 1954 classic with James Mason and Kirk Douglas. The story begins when several nations spot a mysterious sea monster destorying ships.
An investigating French marine biologist joins an expedition that includes a Canadian whaler and the biologist’s servant. The three men are thrown overboard when the ‘monster’ attacks their ship, and they soon learn it is a submarine very far ahead of its era and commanded by the enigmatic Captain Nemo.
Singer will helm from his own script which he posted a picture of on his Instagram account in September. He’s coming off “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which scored $748 million worldwide, and has “X-Men: Apocalypse” opening in May. A new standee for that is out and can be seen below: